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NAHC Report: Issue# 2166, 4/3/2013
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Home Health Copays, Other Recommendations Included in MedPAC’s 2013 Report to Congress
Home and Community-Based Services More Cost-Effective than Institutional Care, Says Nearly 40 State Studies
For Your Information: Nurse Recognition Program Seeking 2013 Nominations - Deadline Extended: April 8, 2013!
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Home Health Copays, Other Recommendations Included in MedPAC’s 2013 Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently released its annual report to Congress. In the report, MedPAC makes the same recommendations in 2013 as it did in 2012 regarding home health services. MedPAC based this decision on its belief that access to home health care is adequate, quality continues to improve, access to capitol is sufficient, and profit margins remain high. MedPAC pointed to the growth in the number of home health agencies - over 700 new agencies in 2011 - totaling 12,199 as evidence of access. Regarding profit margins, despite a 5 percent reduction in total payments and a leveling of service volume, average profit margins in 2011 equaled 14.8 percent for freestanding agencies.

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Nurse Recognition Program Seeking 2013 Nominations
Deadline Extended: April 8, 2013!

HHNA is currently accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country. Agencies may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee and one nurse will be recognized from each state.

To see examples of stories from previous issues of CARING, you can click here. To fill out the online nomination form click here. The deadline for submission has been extended to April 8, 2013.
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Home and Community-Based Services More Cost-Effective than Institutional Care, Says Nearly 40 State Studies

On March 25, the AARP released a report stating that, based on 38 state studies published from 2005 to 2012, home and community-based services (HCBS) proved to be more cost-effective than institutional care. These studies supported the cost effectiveness of Medicaid balancing away from institutional care and towards HCBS.

The studies also consistently showed significantly less per-patient cost for HCBS. For example, in California in 2008, spending per patient averaged $32,406 in a nursing home and only $9,129 for HCBS. The studies also demonstrated cost reductions through diverting patients from institutional care to HCBS.

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Director of Compliance
Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation
Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation seeks a Director of Compliance for its Franklin, TN, headquarters’ Corporate Compliance (Home Care Division) team. The Director of Compliance is a liaison to an assigned group of home health and hospice agencies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Ensure full implementation of the CHS Corporate Compliance Program at each agency assigned to the Director. Develop training and education programs for regulatory changes and topics identified as potential risk areas. Structure tools for use with compiling data and trend analysis. Assess auditing and monitoring trends and coordinate mitigation activities when opportunities for improvement (audit variances) are identified. Prepare oral and written reports, including recommendations for improvement based on audit and investigative findings. Monitor Compliance Committee minutes to ensure adequate follow-up of potential risk areas. Maintain an awareness of current laws, statutes, regulations, etc. that impact healthcare operations and physician relationships. Conduct focused compliance audits on topics of concern. Coordinate compliance policy development and/or revision, when necessary. Participate in compliance and privacy investigations. Other duties as assigned by the VP, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer. This position will require travel up to 40% of the time.
Education/Experience: The Director must have current experience working within the Home Health and Hospice industry and should be familiar with reimbursement methodologies and regulations pertaining to benefit coverage. Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, Nursing, Business, or related area, or three or more years’ experience in compliance functions. The Director must have the ability to plan, develop, and present educational or programmatic materials in front of an audience greater than 20 people.
To apply for this job, please visit the career section of www.chs.net and apply to Job Number 1254993.

For information about placing an ad, contact Soott Baum at ads@nahc.org.

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